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June 21, 2011

Inside look at Rory McIlroy's U.S. Open putter

Posted at 12:13 PM by David Dusek

RoryMcIlroyPutter-1 Gear heads probably recognized the putter Rory McIlroy used during the U.S. Open as a Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Select Newport, but the new champ's flatstick has a few special features that make it unique.

The obvious feature is the finish. While the Studio Select putters available in stores are finished in a brushed chrome, McIlroy's prototype has a darker, chromatic bronze finish with black paint fill in the back instead of the standard red.

The "CAMICO" stamped into the heel portion of the flange stands for "Cameron & Company." The "GSS" on the toe stands for German Stainless Steel. 

The standard Studio Select putters are made from 303 stainless steel. According to Cameron, German stainless steel is one of the best materials to use for making putters because it has such good feel, but it's too expensive to use for mass-produced putters. He makes "GSS" putters only for tour pros like McIlroy, Nick Watney and Dustin Johnson.

RoryMcIlroyPutter-2 While he has experimented with several different putters over the past few seasons, McIlroy's go-to putter has been a Scotty Cameron Newport Fastback. However, according to the Team Titleist blog, "After a recent session with his putting instructor, Rory decided that the toe flow of the Newport GSS style was working better with his putting stroke."

Also from the blog: "The Scotty Cameron team built Rory the Newport GSS Prototype last season at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He's put it into play in a few times over the last year and has always kept it in his travel bag."

After his record-setting performance at Congressional, it's hard to imagine McIlroy benching this putter any time soon.

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June 19, 2011

My Bag: Jason Day at the 2011 U.S. Open

Posted at 11:50 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (10.5°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade R11 (17°) with a Matrix OZIK TP7HD shaft
HYBRID: TaylorMade Rescue (21°) with a True Temper Project X Rifle Hybrid shaft
IRONS: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (4-5), R9 TP (6-PW) with True Temper Project X shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade TP xFT (48°, 54°, 60°) with True Temper Project X shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Ghost Spider
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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My Bag: Lee Westwood at the 2011 U.S. Open

Posted at 6:32 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: Ping G10 (9.0°) with a Aldila PGA Tour Only Prototype XNV6 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD:
Ping i15 (14°) with a UST Mamaya V2 76X shaft, Rapture V2 (19°) with Aldila NV75 X shaft
IRONS:
Ping i10 (3-PW) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
WEDGES:
Ping Tour-W (54°, 58°) with Ping JZ stiff shafts
PUTTER:
Ping Anser 0
BALL:
Titleist Pro V1x

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My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the 2011 U.S. Open

Posted at 5:56 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast 2.0 (8.5°) with an Aldila RIP 70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°) with an Aldila NV 85 shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (17°, 19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV Hybrid shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade Forged MC (6-PW) with Rifle prototype shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC (50°) Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot 2-Ball
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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Robert Garrigus making big noise with a small putter

Posted at 4:29 PM by David Dusek

RobertGarrigus-Putter-USOpen_450x600 BETHESDA, Md. — Because he averages more than 308 yards per tee shot, Robert Garrigus draws a lot of attention when he hits his driver. But this week at the U.S. Open, fans, Internet equipment junkies and tour pros alike have done a double-take while watching Garrigus, who tied for third, pull his 28-and-a-half-inch putter from his bag.

In a press conference at Kapalua in January, before the start of the winners-only Hyundai Tournament of Champions (Garrigus won the 2010 Children's Miracle Network Classic), the Phoenix resident recalled the time Tiger Woods asked him about his putter in Charlotte.

"He was making fun of me on the putting green," Garrigus said. "He was like, 'You putt with that?' I was like, 'Yeah, I'm sponsored by U.S. Kids Golf [a children's club maker], you didn't know that? It's all about the kids. I'll give you one for Sam.'"

Following through with the joke, Garrigus left a tiny putter in Woods's locker that week.

Garrigus started using the short stick when he was 19 after seeing a custom fitter. Garrigus was using a 34-inch putter at the time but was struggling with short putts.

"[The fitter] gave me this little tiny thing and he's like, 'Here. Get your hands down, shoulders down, and eyes over the ball, and tell me what feels good.' It was 28 inches when I did that," Garrigus said.

"As soon as I got to Q-School, I wasn't missing those short 3- and 4-footers anymore," he said. "I was rolling them all in. And I went through the first stage, then the second and got to third when I was like 20 years old. And I just felt like that was a fit for me."

Although he has used several different putters over the years, the model he is using at the 2011 U.S. Open is a Scotty Cameron for Titleist Studio Design Squareback 2.

(Photo by Jeff Haynes/Reuters Photos)

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June 17, 2011

Barack Obama presented with Scotty Cameron putter, Ping driver and Callaway wedges

Posted at 7:08 PM by David Dusek

President Barack Obama met earlier this week with United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. In addition to inviting the commander in chief to attend the Ryder Cup next year at Medinah, Love gave the President a uniquely stamped Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 2 putter.

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Mickelson gave President Obama, who is a fellow left-hander, three Callaway X Forged wedges and a 9.5° Callaway Diablo Octane driver. Each of the wedges (a 56°, 60° and 64°) was made by Roger Cleveland personally and was stamped PREZ "44" on the back. Cleveland jokingly said, "I weighted them so they wouldn't go any further left."

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Watson presented President Obama with an exact replica of his driver, a Ping G15 (7.5°) with a Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft. Maybe Obama will use the clubs when he plays Saturday with Republican House Speaker John Boehner.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway, Ping and Titleist/Scotty Cameron clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC.

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June 16, 2011

Winner's Bag: Rory McIlroy at the 2011 U.S. Open

Posted at 10:34 PM by David Dusek

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DRIVER:
Titleist 910D2 (8.5°) with a Fujikura Rombax 7V05 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Titleist 906F2 (13.5°) with True Temper Project X X7A3 shaft; (18°) with a Fujikura ZCom Pro 95 shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB (3-9) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design (48°, 54°, 60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: Titleist Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport GSS prototype
BALL: Titleist Pro V1x

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Scotty Cameron's 2011 U.S. Open putter cover

Posted at 9:05 AM by David Dusek

Here is a look at the commemorative U.S. Open putterhead cover, designed by Scotty Cameron, that you'll see many players use at Congressional.

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June 14, 2011

Adidas, Nike and Puma 2011 U.S. Open commemorative footwear

Posted at 10:47 PM by David Dusek

Golf manufacturers make all kinds of products commemorating major tournaments, including unique shoes.

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1. Adidas Golf’s U.S. Open shoe is a special edition of its Powerband 3.0 golf shoe ($140) in patriotic red, white and blue. Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry are all slated to wear this footwear at Congressional this week.

  NikeLunarControl-USOpen_600x4502. Nike’s limited edition U.S. Open shoe is a version of its new Lunar Control footwear, an extremely lightweight shoe with a “flywire” saddle -- high-tensile fibers embedded in the saddle to stabilize the midfoot ($190). They come with an American-flag embroidered shoe bag. Among those planning to wear them this week: Paul Casey, Lucas Glover, and Charl Schwartzel. (Click here is see a video shot inside Nike's Tour van at the U.S. Open.)

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3. Puma Golf will dress Rickie Fowler on Sunday in a limited edition of his trademark orange Cell Fusion golf shoes, with multi-directional spikes or “smart quills” for added grip. Only 500 pairs are to be sold worldwide (200 in the U.S.). Cell Fusion golf shoes typically go for $180. Go to Facebook.com/PUMAGolf or twitter.com/Pumagolf for information on shoes and giveaways.

By Woody Hochswender, Contributing Writer, GOLF.com




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